Posted on February 21st, 2016 by Mary Lord

Students in grades 5 to 7 use Bernoulli’s principle to manipulate air pressure in a series of fun activities so its influence can be seen on the objects around us.

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Tags: Aerodynamics, Aeronautics, Automotive engineering, Bernoulli's principle, Class Activities, forces and motion, Grades 6-8, Grades K-5, Lesson Plans, Mathematics, Physics

Posted on January 29th, 2016 by Mary Lord

Teams of high school students use their understanding of projectile physics and fluid dynamics to calculate the water pressure in squirt guns by measuring the range of the water jets. They create graphs to analyze how the predicted pressure relates to the number of times they pump the water gun before shooting.

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Tags: Bernoulli, calculations, Class Activities, data analysis, fluid dynamics, forces and motion, Grades 9-12, graph, Mathematics, measurement, Physics, pressure, projectile, Super Soaker, variables, velocity, water gun

Posted on September 23rd, 2015 by Mary Lord

In this NASA activity, students in grades 1-8 learn about the challenges of space nutrition and designing food packaging by observing, measuring, comparing, and contrasting the ripening of fruits and vegetables when exposed to air and the effect of chemical treatments to inhibit ripening.

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Tags: Aerospace, agriculture, astronauts, Class Activities, fruit, Grades 6-8, Grades K-5, Mathematics, measurement, NASA, nutrition, observation, ripening, space food, surface area, vegetables

Posted on September 12th, 2015 by Mary Lord

Help your students discover their heads for math with engaging brainteasers and numerical puzzles. Sign them up for Sony’s Global Math Challenge on **Sunday, September 27, 2015.**

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Tags: brainteaser, Competitions for Students, Contest, critical thinking, Mathematics, Problem Solving, SONY Global Math Challenge, STEM education

Posted on April 29th, 2015 by Mary Lord

Math can be a tough sell. Many students think it’s too hard, or that they’re no good at it. It doesn’t have to be this way, says Stanford Graduate School of Education Professor Jo Boaler, who has designed a free program for teachers to change mindsets and inspire their fifth through ninth graders to think more deeply in mathematics.

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Tags: Common Core mathematics, Curriculum, Internet Resources, Mathematics, Research on Learning, Resources for Teachers, Web Resources

Posted on December 30th, 2014 by Mary Lord

What do fashion designers, rock stars, and restaurant owners have in common? They all apply algebra in their work! Get the Math promotes algebraic thinking and problem-solving skills through video challenges that illuminate such real-world math.

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Tags: algebra, applied mathematics, fashion, Get the Math, Internet Resources, Mathematics, music, Resources for Teachers, STEM education, Web Resources

Posted on September 17th, 2014 by Mary Lord

In this activity, students in grades 7 to 9 will learn how to take a bearing with a compass and find an object in their classroom.

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Tags: bearing, Class Activities, compass, directions, Engineering, estimation, GPS, Grades 6-8, Grades K-5, maps, Mathematics, navigation, wilderness

Posted on August 28th, 2014 by Mary Lord

Are your students vexed by vectors or mystified by electricity? MIT’s Open Courseware offers a series of videos designed to help students learn these and other pivotal concepts in science, technology, engineering, mathematics that are the building blocks of many engineering curricula.

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Tags: Biology, calculus, Chemistry, electricity, Engineering, integral, Mathematics, MIT, motions and forces, Open Courseware, Physics, probability, Problem Solving, STEM videos, vectors

Posted on July 25th, 2014 by Mary Lord

In this activity, students in grades 4 to 8 use LEGO spur gears to learn about different types of gears and how they are used in many engineering devices, including bicycles, to change the speed, torque, and direction of a power source.

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Tags: bicycle, Class Activities, gears, Grades 6-8, Grades K-5, LEGOS, Mathematics, Mechanical engineering, Physics, simple machines, speed, torque